The award-winning architect of the Bellagio and Horton Plaza examines inspiration, sustainable design, and the future of architecture.
Art and Living: What are your favorite architectural styles?
Jon Jerde: We’ve come to the end of traditional architectural styles evolving over hundreds of years into ever-refined movements and pieces. I look more to ideas than styles. For me, the most important architecture connects to people in a very real way. Two individuals who had a profound impact on the quality of space—and who have greatly influenced me—were Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn.
For luxury housing designer Richard Landry, the architect is a stage-setter, fantasist and businessman— all at once
Your aura is entirely clear,” a psychic reader told architect Richard Landry, who visited the seer in Los Angeles a few years ago on the advice of a friend. Although skeptical, Landry admits he was intrigued by the psychic’s next comment: “You have no demons.”
Vice President of Design, MGM Mirage Design Group
Sven Van Assche made the hard decision 20 years ago to leave his native Connecticut for the desert horizon of Las Vegas. Fresh out of Yale, where the one-time Art History major had acquired a taste for architecture, Assche (pronounced “ash”) decided he wanted to learn about design and construction in a real-world setting. He took a leap of faith, moving to Sin City, where a casino design/build firm had offered him a job.